This briefing explores the true state of the UK's energy markets and examines the practicalities of the price freeze policy proposed by the Labour Party. It recommends policies which could help boost competition and market efficiency in the energy sector.
Following the financial crisis, UK households experienced the longest period of falling real wages since records began. They were poorly prepared for this, having run down savings and taken on increasing amounts of debt during the 2000s. It is estimated … Continued
The Social Market Foundation is hosting a series of debates which aim to scrutinise and evaluate each party manifesto, this second event will focus on the Labour Party’s commitments.
A lunchtime discussion to launch the new briefing paper by CAGE academic, Professor Cormac O'Grada on antimicrobial resistance. This event will be held in association with the University of Warwick’s Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE).
A general energy price freeze will stifle the strong competition in the industrial and commercial supply market by removing the demand side pressure suppliers currently face, leading to negative consequences for UK businesses warns think tank the Social Market Foundation (SMF).
Successive governments have failed to address the fundamental problem of housing supply. Will a Conservative or Labour government post-2015 do any better? SMF Chief Economist Nida Broughton, and Research Director Nigel Keohane, offer analysis of the party election manifestos.
Following the Conservative 2015 manifesto launch, SMF Researcher Ben Richards looks at the party’s discredited commitment to reducing net migration to the ‘tens of thousands’ and asks: what would a good migration target look like?
Labour is presenting itself as the new party of fiscal responsibility, with a “Budget Responsibility Lock” to prove it. SMF Chief Economist Nida Broughton analyses the Labour 2015 manifesto to see if this true for their election commitments.
SMF Research Ben Richards looks at the complex relationship between Universal Credit and the experience of low incomes tenants in the Private Rented Sector